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Raymond H. Costa Family Scholarship Awards $25,000 through Scholarships to 10 Local Students

Raymond H. Costa Family Scholarship Awards $25,000 through Scholarships to 10 Local Students

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Salinas Valley Students to be Recognized for their Academic Accomplishments at Scholarship Celebration

Salinas Valley, Calif., - (June 6, 2024) - Twenty-five thousand dollars has been awarded to 10 local students who have been selected as the 2024 Raymond H. Costa Family Scholarship recipients.

Recipients are high school graduates, undergraduates, or graduate students at California academic institutions who work, or their parents work, at local McDonald’s restaurants. 

"Many of our scholarship recipients are the first in their families to have the opportunity and means to attend college,” said McDonald's Owner/Operator Raymond H. Costa. “We are honored to help support these incredibly dedicated and talented students attend college. Our goal since the start of this program is to help make positive contributions to the lives of our employees and their families through supporting their educational pursuits."

The Raymond H. Costa Family Scholarship is solely funded by the Costa Family who owns and operates local McDonald’s restaurants. The program is administered through the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Since the scholarship fund was created in 2017, they have awarded over $419,000 to 151 scholarship recipients. 

See below for this year’s scholarship recipients.

Recipient                                                         Educational Institution

Adriana Cervantes

University of California, Davis

Alexa Sarai Zendejas-Trujillo

California State University, Monterey Bay

Alfredo Hernandez

California State University, Fresno

Brian Lopez

San Diego State University

Emanuel Martinez

California State University, Monterey Bay;  California State University, Long Beach

Francisco Skandall Sandoval

California State University, Fresno

Giselle Hernandez- Hernandez

Hartnell Community College

Jesus Angel Ortiz-Ramos

University of Southern California

Joanna Jolette Gomez-Tovar

Hartnell Community College

Joel Lopez Jr

California State University, San Marcos

For more information, or to apply for future programs, visit the Community Foundation for Monterey County website

IMAGE: A total of $25,000 has been awarded to 10 Salinas Valley students through the Raymond H. Costa Family Scholarship. Since its inception, this scholarship fund has awarded $419,000 to 151 area students.


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Anna Lane
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